The governor explained that the ventilators came from the national stockpile and were delivered directly to Los Angeles County.
He said that “rather than lamenting about it, rather than complaining about it, rather than pointing fingers, rather than generating headlines in order to generate more stress and anxiety,” it was arranged for a California company to fix the machines.
Mr Newsom said the machines will be “back into Los Angeles all fixed” on Monday.
In a video posted to Twitter, Mr Newsom said: “That's the spirit of California. That's the spirit of this moment. Take responsibility. Take ownership and take it upon ourselves to meet this moment head on.”
At the onset of the pandemic, California had approximately 7,500 ventilators across its hospital systems. The state set a goal of adding an additional 10,000 ventilators.
Yesterday, 170 broken ventilators arrived in Los Angeles from the national stockpile. Rather than complaining, we got a truck & drove them to @bloom_energy to be fixed. Monday they will all be working -- and back in L.A.
This is the California spirit - we will meet this moment! pic.twitter.com/CVDPxQ01JA— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor)March 28, 2020
To date, the state has added 4,252 ventilators, approximately 1,000 of which needed to be refurbished. Through a partnership with the state, Bloom Energy is working to refurbish ventilators. On Friday and Saturday the company refurbished a total of 200 machines.
More than 350 businesses and manufacturers in California are re-tooling their facilities to make medical supplies and essential products during this crisis. The Gap and St John Knits are making masks, gowns and scrubs for hospital workers; and Anheuser-Busch and other distilleries are producing hand sanitiser.
On Monday morning, the US had 143,532 confirmed cases of coronavirus.